Dr. Paul Standal helps his clients identify sources of stress while educating and coaching them in strategies for coping with stress.
STRESSFUL EVENTS SCHEDULE
Thomas Holmes, M.D., and his research associates at the University of Washington have found that people are more likely to develop illnesses or clinical symptoms after experiencing a period when they have had to adapt to many life events.
Dr. Holmes and his associates have developed the “Schedule of Recent Experience,” which allows you to quantify how many changes you have experienced in the past year and consider how these stressful events may increase your vulnerability to the psychological symptoms of depression, anxiety or physical illness. The purpose of this scale is to increase your awareness of stressful events and their potential impact on your mental and physical health so that if you can take steps to reduce the stress level in your life.
Think back on each possible life event listed below and decide how many times, if at all, it has happened to you within the last year. If you have had multiple stressors, add up their scores and see what the score means at the end.
Death of a spouse
Death of a close family member
Personal injury or illness
Dismissal from work
Change in health of family member
Gain a new family member
Change in financial state
Death of a close friend
Change to different line of work
Change in frequency of arguments
Foreclosure of mortgage or loan
Change in responsibilities at work
Child leaving home
Trouble with in-laws
Outstanding personal achievement
Spouse starts or stops work
Beginning or end school
Change in living conditions
Revision of personal habits
Trouble with boss
Change in working hours or conditions
Change in residence
Change in schools
Change in recreation
Change in church activities
Change in social activities
Minor mortgage or loan
Change in sleeping habits
Change in number of family reunions
Change in eating habits
Minor violation of law
Score of 300+: At risk of illness. Score of 150-299: Risk of illness is moderate (reduced by 30% from the above risk). Score <150: Only slight risk of illness.